Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Rating: U

Length: 2Hr 10

Release: 21.12.2018

About: Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins — the beloved nanny from their childhood — arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure.

The Good

  • The song in the China bowl was a highlight. It was as close to the original feel.
  • Colin Firth clearly had fun with his role and it brings a little joy to the bank.
  • Julie Walters as Ellen. I couldn’t think of anyone better to replace the original actress that played Ellen. Equally, David Warner does an excellent job as Admiral Boom.
  • Original Jane was a lovely touch and nod to the original. Not much fuss is made about the scene and doesn’t detract from the story.
  • Dick Van Dyke looks picture perfect in his role as Mr Dawes Jnr. His dancing brings cheers and tears. Such a wonderful nod to the man who made the first outing such a success.

The Bad

  • The skeleton plot is essentially a clone of the Julie Andrews’ outing, just given a spin. For example, the tidying becomes a bath, the chalk drawing becomes a china bowl and the Uncle becomes a cousin. It’s sad as it has potential and certainly could have surpassed the original, if only it broke the mould.
  • While the appearance of Angela Lansbury causes me to smile, it’s very obvious that the role was written for Andrews. It then becomes a little bittersweet. I completely understand why Andrews declined the offer; I just wish she hadn’t.
  • I wasn’t fond of much of the music. Although, in all fairness most of the original music would fit here too.
  • Michael and Jane: relationship feels flat and lacks any chemistry.

The Ugly

  • I’m afraid that, for me, Emily Blunt was not right for the role. The accent, the ability to flit between the firm and fantasy stalls and her flirtations with Jack feel a little groomy when you think he was a kid in the first movie’s storyline.

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